Since I became active on EpicSki, I've become a lot more interested in watching the technique of other skiers, especially right now in the early season, since I'm confined to relatively crowded groomers. I've been thinking a lot about my own technique, and the skiing of others is really popping out.
It really hit home yesterday: most people are nearly out of control, pretty much all the time. Like to a dangerous level. I have become a lot more aware of others (and really, kind of anxious), just because I've realized that most of these people couldn't stop or even turn sharply enough to avoid me if something unexpected happened. It just amazes me that so many people don't even think about doing anything but a barely-controlled high speed pivot slip down the mountain. It was actually making me kind of angry. These people have no business going as fast as they are. Bah humbug.
Ok...sorry for the rant. I know this is an old complaint, but it just popped out at me. My question:
Do you think skiing has become more dangerous because of the higher speeds that less skilled skiers are achieving, without needing a technical skills base? Or was it even worse before modern gear allowed greater control at high speeds?
Other than simply avoiding people, what can be done about this? It would be great if more people would take an interest in improving their skiing.
Edited by LiveJazz - 12/12/11 at 1:53pm